Johnson will look to continue his dominance of the Phillies when the teams open a three-game series at Bank One Ballpark.
In 14 career games against Philadelphia, the 40-year-old left-hander is 8-1 with a 2.36 ERA. He allowed three runs—one earned—and four hits over five innings Saturday in a 6-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Manager Bob Brenly lifted Johnson for a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
“It worked out well, but I never like to come out of any game,” Johnson said. “It worked out for the best. The bullpen did a great job.”
The Diamondbacks return home for a 10-game homestand after going 3-3 on a trip to Philadelphia and Chicago.
After winning two straight against the Cubs, the Diamondbacks fell 11-3 in the series finale Thursday. Starter Elmer Dessens went just four innings, and the Diamondbacks were outhit 15-8.
“It just wasn’t a very pretty game,” Brenly said. “We are happy we won the series, but we hate to have it end on a game like this.”
After taking two of three from the Diamondbacks last weekend, the Phillies dropped two of three to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Randy Wolf allowed five runs in the first inning Thursday as the Phillies fell 7-4 in the finale. Philadelphia failed to reach .500 for the first time since it was 1-1.
“I think we’re frustrated because we lost the series,” Wolf said. “We’ll be OK. I guarantee you we’ll get over .500.”
Jim Thome and Pat Burrell hit back-to-back homers for the Phillies in the first, but manager Larry Bowa knows his team needs to generate more offense. Philadelphia has six regulars hitting below .250.
“We’re definitely going to have to score some runs,” Bowa said. “We have to swing the bats. I don’t mean just home runs. We have to generate some offense.”
The Phillies are opening a 10-game road trip that will also take them to San Francisco and Colorado.